"How are you, my friend?"
19.07.2015 18 °C
Home sweet home. I love traveling and experiencing different things but I also love coming home.
Our final day in Newfoundland was spent further exploring Gros Morne National Park. We headed up to Western Brook Pond (remember all fresh bodies of water in Newfoundland are ponds, regardless of size (and this was no pond by our standards)). A noteworthy and picturesque stop given its steep rock walls 600 m (2,000 ft) high, reminders of the glaciers path. A short hike in gave us a decent view of the pond and her walls. We followed up with a visit to the Tablelands (described yesterday as the barren desert mountains in the park as the rock has been pushed up from the Earth's mantle.) Odd and wonderful but sort of boring (it is just a bunch of reddish rock) a short hike up the valley was all that was needed for us (I apologize to the geologist who are shuddering at my lack of interest in this unique geological feature).
Two short hikes and a final lunch of local faire (which included moose meat pie and fish cakes) consumed most of the day so we said our farewell to the ocean and made our way into Deer Lake for our final night.
Overall we are both extremely pleased with the accommodation booked on this trip, quaint, in great locations, until last night. I get a gigantic fail for last night's hotel, Driftwood Inn. I think we both agree this is the worst place we have ever stayed. Needless to say sleep was hardly achieved so the 3:30 am alarm was too soon or a welcome relief depending on how you viewed it. We headed to the airport for our 5:30 am flight to Toronto and subsequent 8 am flight to Calgary. We were in the house by noon. Exhausted but home.
So final thoughts, observations, comments on Newfoundland in no particular order (we are both pretty tired):
- Fantastic place to explore, people are friendly and it is easy and fun to be in Canada discovering new and wonderful things. That said it is not necessarily cheap. We used B&B's for most of the trip and they averaged $100/night. Car rentals are really expensive ($1,000 for the week). Food is amazing but not free either even fish. It is understandable why, the tourist season is only 3-4 months long so most places are only open for 3-4 months a year.
- It is sparsely populated. It is a big province and it has 500,000 people. And half of those people live on the Avalon Peninsula and 200,000 of those in St. John's.
- The Newfie language and accent is very real.
- It is a beautiful but rugged environment. The weather is tough, you can see the wear from the winds and salt water on the buildings. In addition, to the weather the economic history of this province has not been easy. Fishing is more than just an industry here but a way of life.
- The history here is awesome and wholly Canadian. And it made me prouder to be a Canadian to visit and learn about this province. We really do live in a fantastic country.
So that ends our adventure for now, not sure where our next journey will take us, so
Until next time,